On 11th November, Remembrance Sunday, 6 guests and 19 members set forth in glorious sunshine. Starting from Minchinhampton, they passed the Market House built by Philip Sheppard, Lord of the Manor in 1698, intended for sale of wool and yarn. It became one of the 4 chief wool markets of the county in 1702.
Heading down to the cross roads they proceeded to Chapel Lane, passing Field House, and took the footpath over a stile. Carrying on down the edge of the field through a metal gate and over a bridge, they passed through another metal gate then half left past the lake to the top left corner. . After a T-junction turning right uphill and passing through 4 kissing gates, they reached the pretty village of Box where the church, St Barnabas, has a golden spire. Continuing to the village green they stopped at 11am to pay their respects with 2 minutes silence.
After a coffee break they headed up to Minchinhampton Common, and keeping the golf course on their right they came down to the road. Bearing right at a fork they passed Rose Cottage, where Dinah Craik was staying when she wrote 'John Halifax, Gentleman' in 1856....(The novel was adapted for television in 1974).
Continuing on at the signpost for St.Chloe and taking the next junction, they turned left into a beautiful beech wood, following the path for over a mile with stunning views of the Woodchester Valley. After a picnic lunch they left the wood making their way up to Rodborough Common and headed towards Winstones' Ice Cream van. After enjoying an ice cream, instead of taking the winding path on the left side of the building, because it was too wet and slippery, they walked down the road progressing above the Golden Valley through Bownham and Bestbury Commons via the picturesque hamlet of Claycombe to return to the start.
Poppies fringe the Market House in Minchinhampton
The group on Minchinhampton Common
A prospective new member of the group?
We stop to observe the 2 minutes silence
The Weird and Whimsical
It's never too cold for an ice cream from Winstones!